The Museum Collection

Annie Richmond Portrait

ID #: 27
Format: Photomechanical Print
Dimensions: 15" x 12.5" oval
Source: Gift of James H. Whitty
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
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Nancy Locke Heywood Richmond (1820-1898) was a close friend to Edgar Allan Poe in the last two years of his life. He referred to her as "Annie" and dedicated his poem "For Annie" to her. After Poe's death, Annie Richmond took care of Poe's mother-in-law, Maria Clemm, for a time. After the death of her husband in 1873, Mrs. Richmond legally changed her name from Nancy to Annie. This portrait represents Richmond as she appeared in her later years.

This piece was among the first items given to the newly established Poe Museum in 1922 by one of its founders, James H. Whitty.